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Rise Of The Wolf by Dianna Hardy
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it was amazing

I find it very hard to put into words how much I loved this book. I have said throughout my reviews for the series that Dianna keeps you on your toes, well freaking hell, Rise of the Wolf is like being on a roller-coaster; lovely highs; beautiful, heart fluttering, tender and yes, hot, but god the lows; your heart will stop or break, possibly both, there will be tears and a hell of a lot of anxiety by the time you reach the end.

The past never stays buried for long... it doesn't, especially when the characters have to go looking into zed past because they need answers, but god, when such facts come to light you really want the characters to just dig a hole and bury them again.

My respect and love for Lawrence has slowly unfolded since book one. I mentioned in one of my previous reviews that he is the most complex character out of the four, but with each book the reasons for his complexities have become clearer and you understand him more and more, and by the time we reached book #4 in the series, Return of the Wolf, I was totally in love with him, and felt for him so much. Well, my heart broke for him in this book. He learns some home truths and is given some devastating information which requires him to make a very important decision, and god, my mind is reeling trying to figure out what he will do, but I'm honestly clueless and desperate for book 6 already because I need to know what happens.

Lawrence and Lydia, growing stronger and closer with each book and it is so beautiful to see how far they have come since book 1. Their relationship is still a tug of war between dominance and submission, but it's what's so great about them both; they are both strong characters in their own right, and yet there is such vulnerability in them both which they heal through submission. They complement each other really well.

Only two words for Taylor and Ryan... heartfelt and hot. These two have been working toward this for a while and it is great to finally see their relationship take the next step; and oh god... the fact that they have finally gotten to this place, this loving, accepting, beautiful place... makes it all the more harder and stressful when trouble rears its ugly head, and believe me, it does.

What I love, and have loved since book one is the dynamic of the relationship between the four; they're different with one another; each set has their own special bond, but naturally they all care for one another, and do so openly. It's just so refreshing to see the relationship between a unit and how everyone has their own roles within the bond, which is one of the main reasons I feel the Eye of the Storm series is such a refreshing and unique approach to Werewolves and how they are written and viewed.

Baddies, we meet a few new ones; eerily calm, cool as ice, horrid people.

Selena, love to hate her, but man do I feel super sorry for her by the end of the book. I have always understood why she has done what she has done, and although I have always felt she went the wrong way about it- and yes, her actions have been mainly out or desperation - well, she doesn't deserve what has happened to her in these last two books. I do find myself hoping like hell it will work out for her in the end.

Gladys; crazy, scheming old lady who has had me scratching my head from the beginning wondering what the hell her deal is.... poor, poor woman. I don't agree with what she has done, though I get why she has done it, and can't say I really blame her for her actions. I don't. I feel for the woman, oh how I do, but I also still hate her for the information she has dumped on Lawrence. It's just not fair.

The links between the books, the history of the characters, the mythology behind Storm-Welders, and the science of how the Tridents came to be... I just didn't see any of it coming, or the link; the links between everything are just mind-blowing. It has been so cleverly spread out across the books; linking perfectly together. I love it.

I realize none of the above will make a ton of sense. I'm kinda talking in code, but of course I am. I don't want to ruin this next instalment for you. I have been a fan of the series from book one and each book, each instalment just gets better and better. So once again, if you haven't picked up this series, but you love Werewolf stories then what the hell are you waiting for? This series has it all heart-pounding romance, action, man-made beasts, folklore, super hot sex scenes, humour, and magic.

Rise of the Wolf is the fabulous penultimate book of the series, and sweet Jesus, I am desperate for Dianna to start and finish book six because I am anxious to find out how everything will all turn out. I have loved every moment of this series it's sad that it's almost over, but this is it; we have finally entered the eye of the storm, now we just have to hold tight and wait to see what's on the other side.

(This book was received from author in exchange for an honest review.)
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December 20, 2014 – Shelved
December 20, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
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